Each year, 15th May is observed worldwide as the International Day of Families. In 1993, the UN General Assembly decided in resolution (A/RES/47/237) to proclaim this date as an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. On this Day, we want to stress out the importance of having healthy and happy familial relationships.
The approaches to family policies for inclusive and equal societies vary around the world. In some regions emphasis is placed on the social inclusion of various types of families and/or individuals such as: migrant, refugees, indigenous families, ethnic minorities, or families with persons with disabilities. In other regions, the primary emphasis is placed on social protection for vulnerable families to facilitate their full inclusion in the mainstream of society.
The theme for this year is “Families and New Technologies” and it focuses on the impacts of new technologies on the wellbeing of families. The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the importance of digital technologies for work, education, and communication. This pandemic has accelerated technological changes that had already been under way both in society and at work, including the expanded use of digital platforms and related technological innovations like cloud computing and the use of big data and algorithms.
We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), understand the importance of the international day of families and highlight the importance of family in society thereby having stronger and equal families, and communities. We also encourage young people to embrace gender equality in contemporary families in both their current family and the one that they will build in future. We treat everyone equally as we seek to create a more just world by empowering everyone, especially young activists from around the globe through a combination of cross-cultural human rights.
Together with this year International Day of Families, we recap our encouragement to the youth to embrace the significance of family especially its role in education, healthcare, technology, and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.